June 15, 2005
NEW YORK CITY—The American Guild of Organists (AGO) is pleased to announce that BARRIE CABENA, a resident of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), has won the 2004–2006 AGO/ECS Publishing Award in Choral Composition. His winning composition, The Day of Pentecost, was one of 41 new works submitted to the competition. It is an anthem for four-part choir (SATB) and organ based on a text from Acts 2:1–4. The work will be performed at the AGO National Convention in Chicago, Ill., July 2–6, 2006. The judges for this tenth biennial competition were Jerry Yonkman, Margaret Sandresky, and Bruce A. Bengtson.
BARRIE CABENA has a rich musical background with nearly 500 compositions to his credit. In addition, he has written a sizable quantity of verse, some of which he has included in his compositions. His organ and choral works have been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for more than 37 years. Recent commissions include an unaccompanied violin sonata by Jeunesse Musicale du Canada, which was performed by Jonathan Crow of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and broadcast on Radio Canada, and an organ work commissioned by William O’Meara, which was premiered at the Turin Organ Festival in Italy. His Requiem for the Victims of Terrorism, composed in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, was recently recorded for broadcast on CBC radio.
Dr. Cabena has been a church organist in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Guelph (Ontario, Canada), where his choirs gained a reputation for quality and skill. He has worked as an accompanist with Elmer Iseler, Jan Overduin, Noel Edison, and Howard Dyck. After 27 years on the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, Barrie took early retirement in 1996, but as Professor Emeritus of Wilfrid Laurier, he continues to maintain a keen interest in music education.
Dr. Cabana was born in Melbourne, Australia, where he studied with A.E.H. Nickson. After further studies in England at the Royal College of Music, he made North America his home and the inspiration for his creative life. He now lives in Guelph with his wife Sheri and son Daniel. He is artistic adviser to the Guelph Spring Festival, which is celebrating its 38th season.
The AGO/ECS PUBLISHING AWARD IN CHORAL COMPOSITION is a unique collaboration between two organizations dedicated to promoting and enriching the repertoire of organ and choral music: the AGO, a not-for-profit national organization dedicated to the advancement of the organ and choral music professions, and ECS Publishing Corporation, a member of the professional music publishing business community. Established in 1985 and held biennially, the competition for the AGO/ECS Award is open to all. Works submitted to the competition must be unpublished, and composed for SATB chorus and organ, with the organ playing a distinctive and significant role. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize, publication of the winning composition by ECS Publishing Corporation, and a performance at an AGO National Convention.
The AMERICAN GUILD OF ORGANISTS is the national professional association serving the organ and choral music fields. Founded in 1896 as both an educational and service organization, it sets and maintains high musical standards and promotes the understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music. The mission of the AGO is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. The Guild currently serves approximately 19,000 members in more than 300 local chapters throughout the United States and abroad. The American Organist Magazine, the official journal of the AGO and the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America, reaches an audience of more than 20,000 readers each month.
This information is submitted by F. Anthony Thurman, Director of Development and Communications at the National Headquarters of the American Guild of Organists and The American Organist Magazine. For further information, please contact Dr. Thurman by TEL (212) 870-2310, FAX (212) 870-2163 or E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org.